Con: ‘labour inspector’ targets firms

2010-08-17 00:00

THE KWAZULU-NATAL Labour Department has warned employers and workers to be on the alert for a bogus labour inspector operating in the Raisethorpe and Edendale areas.

Department spokesperson Page Boikanyo raised the alarm yesterday after businesspeople contacted the department.

Boikanyo said the alleged conman introduces himself as Richard Simphiwe Ngcobo and is targeting unsuspecting business people to swindle them out of cash under the guise of assisting them with labour law compliance.

“The complainants say this man ‘conducts’ a workplace inspection and tells you that you have not been compliant with the labour laws.

“It is alleged that he attempts to take bribes from employers in the form of large sums of money while giving feedback on the fake inspection.

“We therefore warn business people and members of the public to be on the lookout for this phony official.”

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